For women in sports journalism, social media ‘can be an ugly place’ By Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune discusses the cause-and-effect that social media has on female journalist.
Social media can be a great place for journalists of our era to get their stories out to the public in a timely fashion. Many journalists of today use social media as a platform to interact with their readers.
Many journalists would say social media is a more convenient way to stay in the loop and start the conversation with viewers and followers alike but, according to some social media is a dark ugly place. “For anyone in the public eye, social media can be an ugly place,” said Doris Burke a veteran sideline reporter and color analyst for ESPN.
The article that I have referenced above speaks about the criticism and flat-out sexist comments made about female journalists who cover sports today. This article points out all the wrongs that we face as a society today, even when it comes to something which most of us love sports.
Social media indeed can be a great place to find out the latest scores, news and information about your favorite team but it shouldn’t be a place to bash journalists due to their race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.